#AFIAWARDS2021 – American Film Institute
Squid Game Film Still

SQUID GAME – AFI Movie Club

“SQUID GAME surged onto screens a global phenomenon. This saga of survival is – at once – a heart-filled drama about those down on their luck, a heart-pounding thriller and a damning critique of capitalism. Hwang Dong-hyuk’s unmatched achievement is the story’s power to smash cultural and geographic boundaries – to connect us as human...
Succession Film Still - Dasha Nekrasova, Jeremy Strong, Nicholas Braun, and Sarah Snook

SUCCESSION – AFI Movie Club

"SUCCESSION sits tall on a castle in the clouds – with a foundation built upon the allure of power and the acknowledgement of its absurdity. This third year of Jesse Armstrong’s gimlet-eyed portrait of American hubris remains quintessentially – and uncomfortably – apt for this moment in our nation’s history. There is also joy in...
Hacks Film Still - Jean Smart

HACKS – AFI Movie Club

"HACKS upends the world of stand-up comedy one savage joke at a time. Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky’s wickedly funny series places a brilliant spotlight on Jean Smart’s turn as a legendary performer who finds herself both in need of and at war with Hannah Einbinder’s Gen Z up-and-comer. Together, they battle...
Schmigadoon! Film Still - Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong

SCHMIGADOON! – AFI Movie Club

"SCHMIGADOON! explodes with joy and music and laughter – and contemporary cynicism. This candy-colored cocktail is hand-crafted by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, who have created an ebullient valentine to musicals by inviting even the most sardonic to see the world beyond the fog of Brigadoon. Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key light up a glittering...
Reservation Dogs Film Still - D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Paulina Alexis, Lane Factor, and Devery Jacobs

RESERVATION DOGS – AFI Movie Club

"RESERVATION DOGS pulls focus to find those often ignored both on screen and off. Following four Indigenous teenagers who inhabit the world of an Oklahoma reservation but dream of a future in California, Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi’s series blows in like a strong, fresh wind. A new generation of young stars gives these stories...
Wandavision Film Still - Elizabeth Olsen

WANDAVISION – AFI Movie Club

"WANDAVISION changes the channel on the superhero narrative. Brilliantly stitching emotional themes into the cape-and-tights conventions of Marvel’s cinematic universe, Jac Schaeffer’s visionary storytelling utilizes nostalgia as a smokescreen for a rich investigation of loss and grief. Impeccably embodying avatars across TV history, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany summon acting powers beyond what is human...
Mare of Easttown Film Still- Kate Winslet and Evan Peters

MARE OF EASTTOWN – AFI Movie Club

"MARE OF EASTTOWN calls upon all the powers of storytelling to solve a relentlessly suspenseful whodunit amidst the hardscrabble people of its Pennsylvania small town setting. With an unyielding eye and ear toward authenticity and a mastery of pastoral gothic, Brad Ingelsby marshals this investigation of the secrets and lies amongst family and friends. Kate...
Underground Railroad Film Still - Thuso Mbedu and Aaron Pierre

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD – AFI Movie Club

"THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD emerges from the fog of America’s past as a hauntingly triumphant monument to those who strived to live in a land where 'all men are created equal.' Adapted from the novel by Colson Whitehead, Barry Jenkins and his extraordinary creative ensemble unlock the powers of both horror and fantasy to paint an...
Maid Film Still - Rylea Nevaeh Whittet and Margaret Qualley

MAID – AFI Movie Club

"MAID sweeps audiences away in a story of strength, resolve and undying dreams. Molly Smith Metzler’s series is a joy to watch despite the hardships endured by Alex, portrayed with revelatory restraint by Margaret Qualley. As she embraces the challenges of motherhood, an abusive ex-boyfriend and an unsupportive family to find a future, each episode...
Ted Lasso Film Still - Jason Sudeikis

TED LASSO – AFI Movie Club

"TED LASSO makes us believe – in goodness, in each other and in the power of television. Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly’s irrepressibly empathetic series has reached even higher goals in its second year. Deeper, darker character development for the ensemble has added a rich shade of complexity to the life...
The White Lotus Film Still - Murray Bartlett

THE WHITE LOTUS – AFI Movie Club

"THE WHITE LOTUS blooms to reveal the unbearable whiteness of being – unmasking the superficialities of privilege in the capitalist class with the half-wink of a Botoxed eye. Set against a backdrop of paradise lost, Mike White’s searing social satire unfolds at a vacation’s pace, allowing room for each of its epically excellent ensemble to...
Summer of Soul Film Still - Sly Stone

SUMMER OF SOUL (2021) – AFI Movie Club

"SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) takes the stage at a time when its message matters most. Transporting audiences back to the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969, with footage previously thought lost to history, Questlove turns back time and welcomes all into the embrace of a joyful, life-affirming event. This sublime...
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